TRENTON - James Gee, a longtime Trenton political player, is now embroiled in two soon-to-be concluded political battles that will shape city politics for years to come.
In the June 3 Democratic primary in the Twelfth Congressional District, Trenton voters will close between state Assemblywoman Bonnie Watson Coleman (D-15), who lives in neighboring Ewing, state Sen. Linda Greenstein (D-14) and state Assemblyman Upendra Chivukula (D-17). The CD 12 struggle will arguably be the most closely-watched Congressional primary in New Jersey.Read More >
They came to the race with no apparent history of acrimony and for the most part it stayed civil – this excruciatingly competitive CD12 Democratic Primary where the prime veteran combatants encountered new challenges, not in each other so much but in the unique dimensions of a federal primary contest that tested them beyond their prior political lives.
Battle-tested, arguably the most battle-tested politician in New Jersey, state Senator Linda Greenstein (D-14) came into the CD12 contest on the back end of yet another tough re-election contest, this one against former Senator Pete Inverso, who threatened but was finally floored by Greenstein.
A former party chair and daughter of a political family with no record of ever turning the state in political junkie fascination toward her elections in the 15th District, Assemblywoman Bonnie Watson Coleman (D-15) gave no indication of raw, brutal campaign experience.Read More >
TRENTON - A ride north up Route 29 into downtown Trenton leads to an inevitable drive under the city's famous bridge with the iconic "Trenton makes, the world takes" sign. The sign of the times in Trenton politics is that what the city makes best these days is elections.Read More >
Trenton mayoral candidate Eric Jackson will hold a press conference with several prominent Mercer County Democrats in attendance on Wednesday at 2 p.m. on the steps of the Mercer County Criminal Courthouse in Trenton.Read More >
TRENTON - Former Trenton Police Director Jim Golden may not have made the June mayoral race runoff, but in the aftermath of his defeat in Trenton's May municipal election, Golden might wind up playing the role of kingmaker for the city's next mayor, according to a source.
A Mercer County Democratic political operative close to Golden told PolitickerNJ.com on Tuesday that Golden has either met with, or is scheduled to meet with, the two candidates who made the June 10 runoff, Eric Jackson and Paul Perez, to discuss his endorsement.
The source stated that Golden met with Perez on Monday night, and is meeting with Jackson on Tuesday morning.
"There has been a frenzied effort to get Jim Golden on board for both Eric Jackson and Paul Perez," the source said. "They've been working [Golden] and working the phones."Read More >
(State House) -- Trenton is one of several large New Jersey municipalites with "non-partisan" elections for Mayor today. Here's a little tutorial about this race and what you might expect once the ballots are counted later this evening.Read More >
In this cycle, nursing confusions and mangled alliances from 2013 and intent on reformulating and hardening battle lines leading up to 2017, the statewide Democratic Party warred with itself locally, its internal divisions enhanced by overwhelming outside spending.
The theaters all fit together – Paterson, Irvington, Trenton, Bayonne - and at the center stood Newark, in many ways the torque point for everything else.
Undiscovered territory undergirds these contests, specifically the amount of spending by independent expenditure groups: so far a total of $2.7 million in the cities – most of it ($2.6 million to date) in Newark; and the bulk of the Newark IE spending ($1.7 million) lined up in favor of establishment Newark mayoral candidate Shavar Jeffries, according to the state Election Law Enforcement Commission (ELEC).
The most independent spending locally prior to this year was $251,000 by Better Education for Our Kids (B4K) in the 2013 Jersey City mayor’s race.Read More >
TRENTON - Nine local union chapters of the American Federation of State, County, and Municipal Employees (AFSCME) endorsed Trenton mayoral candidate Jim Golden and his Trenton Forward council slate on Wednesday.
Golden and Trenton Forward team members Rafael Valentin and Andrew Kennedy, both of whom are running for council-at-large seats, were endorsed by AFSCME local union chapters 2646, 3974, 3974A, 3596, 1911, 3441, 2278, 3304E and 3869, according to a written statement issued by the Golden campaign.
According to their website, AFSCME is the nation’s largest and fastest growing public services employees union with more than 1.6 million working and retired members nationwide. AFSCME has approximately 3,400 local unions and 58 councils and affiliates in 46 states.
“We are honored to receive the endorsement of a coalition of AFSCME local unions.” Golden said in a written statement. “This endorsement represents the strength of the Trenton Forward movement, and our ability to bring together stakeholders from across the region.”Read More >
Trenton mayoral candidate Walker M. Worthy, Jr. raised more than $75,000 during the most recent fundraising period, boosting his total campaign contributions to date to close to $110,000, according to a written statement issued by his campaign.Read More >
TRENTON - Trenton mayoral candidate Jim Golden has publicly called on rival candidate Eric Jackson to account for approximately $24,000 in campaign contributions allegedly missing from his unsuccessful 2010 mayoral campaign.
In a March 18 entry by local journalist and activist Kevin Moriarty on his blog, And Another Thing, cited by the Golden campaign in a written statement on Monday, Moriarty questions the fate of campaign funds stemming from Jackson's previous mayoral campaign four years ago.
"Mr. Jackson had a balance of $23,770.94 in his account. He has never filed a report, as required by law, to disclose what he did with that money after the 2010 election was over," Moriarty writes. "As far as NJ ELEC and state campaign finance law is concerned, the fate of that $23,770.94 – plus any additional 2010 campaign donations and expenses since April 30, 2010 – is unknown and way overdue to be reported."Read More >
Dismissed by Republican Governors' Association (RGA) Chairman Chris Christie, New York Republican gubernatorial candidate Rob Astorino plans to confront his tormentor tonight at a GOP fundraiser in Aspen.Read More >
Between RGA gigs, Christie doesn't skip a beat bashing Trenton Dems at seaside LGI town hall LONG BEACH ISLAND – Gov. Chris Christie squeezed LBI between trips to IowaNew HampshireConnecticut and – tomorrow – Colorado – just long enough to puncture his favorite Trenton-based targets in front of a...
By JEFF BRINDLE Much has been written about the magnitude of campaign spending by independent special interest groups. But until now, there has been little discussion about the impact. During the 2012 Presidential and Congressional contests,... Read More >
“We lived up to our end of the bargain. He didn’t live up to his end of the deal.” - Ed Connolly, president of the New Jersey Firemen’s Benevolent Association.- The Bergen Record
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